By Bishop Joe Morris Doss
The Rev. Joe Morris Doss
What if this Pope fulfills all of the hopes he is building with his concern for the poor, and his down to earth charm, and it makes no difference?
Imagine the most radical actions. What if the Pope were to take off all his medieval vestments (which are no longer appreciated as first century Roman attire), move out of the Vatican palace and into the city of his episcopacy, give the wealth of the church to the poor, wash the feet of street people every day, and issue powerful declarations calling for justice and peace in all their regards? What would that mean if what remains in place is a massive, monolithic, utterly centralized, juridical, clerically dominated Church subject to the dictates of scholastic medieval doctrine that has become abstract from actualities, absolutist in the face of valued relativities, and arrogant?
We all wish Pope Francis the very best, and he has made us hopeful. Nevertheless, that very glimpse of hope makes me, personally, realize how far the church has to go; this glimmer of light makes me see the surrounding darkness more clearly.